Hawkweed Ox-tongue, Picris hieracioides
6 May 2008
By mid-afternoon much of the 100+ mm daylight morning snow had already melted and in the copse only the north-facing trunks had the remnants.
South-east England woke after an overnight flurry of snow and the upper slopes of Mill Hill were covered in a layer averaging about 50 mm.
This was the Smooth Sow-thistle, Sonchus oleraceus.
Nipplewort, Lapsana communis has much smaller flowerheads.
Admiral Butterflies and a Speckled
Wood Butterfly were seen when passing.
Full Butterfly Report
A magnificent dragonfly settled on a pine tree on the southern edge of the copse on the top of Mill Hill. It was a female Southern Hawker looking very fresh and dangerous to other insects. My impression was that this was possibly a different dragonfly species to the one seen on 1 July because it was not quite so active on its patrols and this one appeared slightly smaller with less of a green thorax. However, these differences could be explained by my failure to get a good look at the first one. I now think it is most likely the same species.
misidentified as a Southern Hawker)
This dragonfly was well camouflaged two and half metres up in a pine tree
When this dragonfly flew off a Red Admiral Butterfly and a Common Blue Damselfly showed.
Adur Dragonfly Flight Times
Butterfly List for the Day
1 May 2005
An Andrena bee was noted on a Dandelion in the copse at the top of Mill Hill. White Campion was starting to flower.
In the copse at the summit, a surprise Red Admiral was seen, old but not battered, and a male Green-veined White Butterfly.
Adur Butterfly and Larger Moth List 2005
|1 April 2005||27 April 2005||27 April 2005|
Copper Beech at the entrance to the Copse.
Another photograph was possible of the mushroom which looked edible when it was fresh:
In the scrub in the north-west a ChiffChaff was seen in an Elderberry Bush.
The offensive dog owner who lets their dog defecate right slap back in the middle of the trail and fails to clear it up is still visiting the special track on Mill Hill. This time it was clearly a Common Blue Butterfly that landed on it.
A Holly Blue Butterfly in the copse had the distinction of being the first butterfly seen alighting on a dog's turd slap right in the middle of the new path as it ran through the copse. The very presence of a Holly Blue in the copse is incongruous, but there was no doubt about the identification as it landed on the turd and immediately closed its wings revealing the black dots only.
Butterfly List (Database)
June - 15 July 2004
Common Poppies are growing in the cleared patches in the copse with other ruderal colonising plants.
Tree felling has opened up a glade to sunlight with an area to the north cleared next to the fence adjoining the arable field, which is Erringham Hill, (see the notes for 9 February 2004).
Sussex Woody Species Identification Guide
The South Downs Conservation Board conservation workers (including Andy Gattiker and Jenny) were chopping down pine trees in the copse to clear a glade and to allow native trees to grow. The new glade will be immediately behind the entrance as the new trail enters the copse (as shown in the photographs further down this page).
early immigrant Painted Lady Butterfly
flew around the copse and settled on the Beech
leaves still on the tree and landed several times on the grass.
Adur Butterfly Flight Times
A team of hard hat workers had chopped down a dozen or more Corsican Pine and Italian Alder trees to clear a glade in the northern part of the copse.
In the copse at the top of Mill Hill, the workmen had sawn down some of the pine trees and made a small fire. I think these were the Corsican Pines, Pinus nigra var. maritima. A Kestrel was very noticable as it soared around the copse. The Kestrel is usually to be found flying over the edge of the ridge waiting to swoop down on to the lower slopes.
The tallest trees in the copse appear to be the Italian Alder, Alnus cordata.
the leaves having been blown off of most of the broad-leaved trees, the
photograph of the Mill Hill copse above can be contrasted with the October
photograph below and compared to the March image.
Broad-leaved Trees include Norway Maple, Copper Beech, Italian Alder, Hawthorn and other trees I do not recognise.
The tall evergreens are Corsican Pines.
24 October 2003
up the hill to capture the autumn colours of the planted copse
at the top of Mill Hill, just north of the upper car park.
A selection of three commoner leaves are illustrated above.
UK Botany (Yahoo Group)
15 June 2003
It looks like a bumblebee,
but its identification does not fit the common species, and it is half
the size of a queen. A queen of another bumblebee was present and this
was the Three-banded White-tailed Bumblebee, Bombus
However, the restless insect in the photograph above, discovered in the shade almost in the copse (TQ 211 075) and near a Foxglove plant at the top of Mill Hill, was the species that attracted my interest. The white tail was most distinctive. It could also halt in mid-flight in a manner typical of hoverflies and not seen in bumblebees. So it was a mimic and not quite good enough to fool me: it is the hoverfly, Volucella bombylans var. plumata.
UK Hoverflies Discussion Group
17 March 2003